Developing a r esearch p roposal is a good way to experience the r esearch aspects of social psychology firsthand without conducting an actual r esearch study.
In this a ssignment, you need to develop a r esearch p roposal.
Discussion and Conclusion
Each week, you will concentrate on creating a section of the r esearch p roposal. The Methodology section may be based on either of the two major r esearch designs, quantitative and qualitative. You will develop the f inal p roject as the course progresses by collating all the sections and incorporating them into a f inal p roposal due for submission in Week 10.
Work on the Introduction section of the r esearch p roposal. Include the following:
Select a topic for your r esearch p roject.
Explain why this topic is of interest to you (Be careful not to use first-person as this is a formal p aper).
Explain the topic and describe the potential research areas in the topic.
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Introduction to Social Psychology
What is Social Psychology?
Psychology is the study of the mind and behavior. Social psychology expands on this definition of psychology to examine what influences an individual’s mind and behavior.
While studying social psychology, the first question arising in your mind will be, “Is social psychology just the study of psychology (the study of the mind and behavior) combined with sociology (the study of human society and the dynamics of social phenomena)?” The answer to this question is that social psychology neither focuses entirely on an individual’s behavior nor focuses just on understanding society as a whole. Social psychology is the study of how we think, influence, and relate to one another (Myers, 2008).
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We are social beings. The majority of us are part of a series of expanding relationships, ranging from friends and families to groups and organizations. The influences of others alter our perceptions of ourselves, as well as influence our overall behavior. Therefore, we tend to speak and think in words learned from others. Does this mean our relationships shape our beliefs and attitudes, or do our belief system and our attitudes shape our relationships?
We enter new relationships all the time and bring into them our preconceived notions and mindsets, either cultivating or terminating the relationships. The old adage “Opposites attract each other” is not true in the case of social psychology. We, as social beings, tend to seek out individuals and groups fitting our self-perceptions and attitudes. However, this does not mean we never change. In spite of different attitudes and beliefs, we tend to adapt ourselves to strengthen our relationships. For example, when a couple gets married, both partners alter their beliefs and attitudes to fit into the relationship.
Myers, D. (2008). Social psychology (9th ed.). Boston: McGraw-Hill.
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A Social Psychology Perspective on Behavior
Behavior is an action resulting from a series of decisions you make on how to act in a particular
situation or condition. Social psychologists focus on the factors influencing an individual’s
decisions on how to act.
• Social Thinking: How do you perceive yourself and others?
• Social Influence: How do others influence your behavior?
• Social Relations: How do social norms influence your behavior?
Final Project: Selecting a Topic
Developing a research proposal is a good way to experience the research aspects of social psychology firsthand without conducting an actual research study.
In this assignment, you need to develop a research proposal. Your research proposal must be a 10–12-page document and include the following sections:
· Literature Review
· Discussion and Conclusion
Each week, you will concentrate on creating a section of the research proposal. The Methodology section may be based on either of the two major research designs, quantitative and qualitative. You will develop the final project as the course progresses by collating all the sections and incorporating them into a final proposal due for submission in Week 10.
Work on the Introduction section of the research proposal. Include the following:
· Select a topic for your research project.
· Explain why this topic is of interest to you (Be careful not to use first-person as this is a formal paper).
· Explain the topic and describe the potential research areas in the topic.
Choosing your topic:
The best way to choose a topic is to research the topic before you choose it.
One of the biggest challenges in finding articles for your topic is that your topic may not have much in the way of research. The remedy for this is, when you first have an idea for a topic, to go to the online library and do a quick search on current research for your topic. If you can find several articles on your topic, you’re good to go. If you can’t, it would be good to modify your topic a bit or even change it until you find one that will generate the needed articles for your reviews.
When searching for articles scan first and read later:
You can speed up your article search if you focus mainly on three things.
· Look at the journal name-it may provide some insight into access to other articles. Many journals are specific to a certain discipline or area of study.
· Review the abstract first-the abstract will provide valuable information on what the article may hold. Keep in mind that the abstract does not contain all the information you need. It is imperative to read the entire article if you choose it as one of the articles you will use.
· Identifying the article as research. There are many non-research articles in scholarly journal articles but they may not work for your paper.
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